“Warning! This book is filled with unexpected turns, happy surprises, fresh language (in every sense), sudden awakenings, quick tears, knowing laughter. And above all — delight.” — Susan Griffin, A Chorus of Stones and Bending Home
“Electric combination of lyric poetry and theater … Minal Hajratwala charms, sears, shocks and delights us. A fresh species of enlightenment.”
— Meena Alexander, Birthplace with Buried Stones
“A stunning collection that modulates between steady narratives full of anchored images and storytelling, and playful voices occurring out of lyric utterance.”
— Prageeta Sharma, Undergloom and Infamous Landscapes
From the award-winning author of Leaving India, a long-awaited debut collection of poetry
Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment gathers Minal Hajratwala’s poems and, for the first time in print, the script of her theatrical extravaganza “Avatars: Gods for a New Millennium.” Against the backdrop of a deeply political reality, she wrestles the sacred and the profane, urging them toward intimate — and occasionally ecstatic — union. The poems and performance texts here, written over the past two decades, give voice to a wild and woolly pantheon of characters, from the Buddha to Lady Gaga.